The .500 New York Mets (34-34) will look to sweep the series versus the Atlanta Braves.
R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.98) will be looking to get the Mets over .500 on the year, a milestone that hasn't been passed this season.Last outing versus the Pirates, Daniel Murphy made an error that was originally called a double by Andrew McCutchen, scoring two runs. After the Mets appealed the call, the play was changed to an error, lowering Dickey's earned run average below 4.
The struggling, young, talented prospect, Mike Minor (0-2, 4.50) will take the mound to stop the bleeding for the Braves.
Justin Turner after sitting out two games because of an injured thumb, is expected to play in the finale of the three game series.
The Mets won 6 road series this season, more then all of last season which was 5.
Angel Pagan will be getting the day off tonight, after hitting a 2 run home run in last night's win.
Ronny Paulino and Josh Thole have signs with pitching coach Dan Warthen on what pitch to use. The starting pitching has done much better because of it, so Warthen deserves a mention for his great coaching.
Tim Byrdak after leaving the Mets yesterday to attend a family funeral, got back into Atlanta at 5:00 today, and will be available to pitch.
Mets are now only 3.5 games out of the wild card spot, trailing their opponent tonight, Atlanta Braves.
With this win, the Mets can be within 2.5 games out of the wild card, over .500, and be 7-3 on their 10 game road trip, which would be very good.
R.A. Dickey tried to be governor in New York, but only received 1 vote.
Dickey struggled in the 1st inning, allowing the first two batters on base, and throwing a wild pitch. Chipper Jones with both men in scoring position grounded out to 1st base, scoring the 1st run of the game. Dickey settled down after that and was able to stop the bleeding.
In the third inning, Jose Reyes hit a bloop triple in between center field. Jordan Schafer the center fielder dove and missed the ball. No fielders fan for the ball, and Schafer had to run to get the ball back. With Reyes' speed, he made it safe to third base on a bloop hit. Justin Turner then hit an RBI single into right field, and the score was 1-1.
Carlos Beltran saw 9 pitches, and on his 10th pitch with a 3-2 count, ripped a double down the left field line, Turner went to third. Daniel Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and Turner scored to make the score 2-1.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, allowing a hit and an error, Chipper Jones smacked a three run shot to right center field to make the score 4-2 Braves.
In the 4th inning, there was more trouble for Dickey. Walking Eric Hinske and allowing a Schafer single, With 2 outs, Jason Heyward singled to right field on a ground ball, and Hinske scored right before Paulino put the tag on Hinske, and the score was 5-2.
After that, Chipper Jones hit a line drive to left field, and Jordan Schafer scored, and the score was 6-2. Dickey was able to get Brain McCann to flu out to center field, and stopped the two out rally.
Mike Minor struggled in the 5th inning, walking Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran back to back. Daniel Murphy then lined hard shot to Jason Heyward, the right fielder, but it was caught. Minor's last batter, Jason Bay, smacked a line drive to right field, scoring Justin Turner, making the score 6-3.
With Scott Proctor relieving, Ronny Paulino got caught looking at a curve ball for strike three. It was down to Scott Hairston, and he smacked a line drive home run to deep left field. The score was 6-6.
Jonny Venters came in in the 7th inning. He struggled, allowing a Beltran single, Bay single and a Paulino 4 pitch walk. On a 0-2 count, Hairston swung at a slider into the dirt, striking out. The ball ran away from McCann and Beltran was able to score on the wild pitch. The score was 7-6, and remained 7-6 when Tejada grounded out to short stop to end the inning.
In the 8th inning Pagan pinch hitting for Byrdak, hit a a hopper to Chipper Jones, the third baseman. Chipper was able to get the ball, but threw a lollipop. As the 1st baseman Freddie Freeman jumped to catch the ball, Freeman hit Pagan's leg, forcing Pagan to fall right on his oblique. Pagan remained in the game, but it seemed like he was in pain.
With Pagan on first, Reyes hit a hard ground ball right to Jonny Venters, taking his glove off. Venters was able to get the ball in time to throw out the speedy Reyes. With Pagan on second base, Venters walked Turner intentionally, leaving Beltran up with 1 out and two men on.
Beltran hit a sharp ground ball to Chipper Jones, who threw over to second base for one out, Uggla trying for the double play, over threw Freeman, and Pagan was able to score a run on the error by Dan Uggla. Mets led by 2, 8-6.
Francisco Rodriguez came in the 9th inning looking to record his 20th save of the season. Allowing a Heyward single, Brooks Conrad pinch hitting, hit a right center field home run to make the score 8-8. K-Rod was able to finish the 9th without allowing another run.
The game would go into extra innings.
With D.J. Carrasco pitching the bottom of the 10th inning, with 2 outs, allowed a Diory Hernandez double down the right field line. Carrasco then was able to get Schafer to hit a cheap ground ball to second base. Lucas Duda, decided to run in the way of Tejada making the play, and bobbled the ball.
There were now runners on the corners. As Carrasco was set to pitch the 2nd pitch of the at bat, Carrasco flinched, balking in Hernandez to win the game. Mets lost the game 9-8 on a game winning balk.
Both R.A. Dickey and Mike Minor had days to forget.
Dickey allowed 6 runs, 4 earned on 6 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4, pitching only 4 innings. His earned run average jumped back into the 4's with a 4.21.
Mike Minor allowed 5 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3, pitching 4 1/3 innings. His earned run average jumped up to 5.47.
Scott Linebrink got the win, now 3-1 on the year. D.J. Carrasco who pitched well, but didn't get help from Duda, is now 0-2 on the season.
Jose Reyes has hit his 100th hit in the season, in just 66 games. He also has 12 triples on the season.
Jason Bay has finally, or at least seems to be out of his slump, hitting the ball well in the last two nights.
Scott Hairston had not started a game since May 18th, but that didn't stop Hairston from having a huge night for the Mets with a three run home run in the 5th inning, to tie the game.
Jose Reyes has reached 100 hits in 66 games. The only other shortstop to do same was Mark Grudzielanek who hit 100 hits in 66 games in 1996.
Johnny Venters' 22 inning scoreless streak was snapped on a wild pitch allowing Beltran to score. He is usually the closer, and didn't look comfortable pitching in the 7th inning or the 8th inning.
Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save April 2nd in Florida, since then he hadn't blown a save.
K-Rod has allowed 3 home runs all season. All this month. All to the Braves.
The Mets were 2 outs away from being over .500 on the year, with K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez on the mound. The Mets hadn't swept the Braves in Turner Field in a long time.
Now 1 game from .500, the Mets will look go back home playing inter-league play. If the Mets can win the series against their opponents, Los Angeles Angels, they would be one game over .500.